Child sex sting in Tri-Cities nets 26 arrests over five days


Twenty-six men have been arrested over the past five days for allegedly showing up at a Richland apartment intending to have sex with young girls and boys.

The suspects nabbed in the multi-agency effort range in age from 20 to 70, with 22 of them living in Kennewick, Pasco and Richland.

The child sex sting, dubbed “Tri-Cities Net Nanny Operation,” involved undercover detectives using various websites to chat with people interested in having sex with children.

In some cases, the officers answered postings that already existed on sites like Craigslist and Backpage.com. However, the majority of them were ads placed on about five to 10 websites by officers claiming to either be kids as young as 11 or parents who were offering their children for sex.

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